Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Listen for the Beep

About a month ago I began to notice that Mim wasn't hearing me very well. At first, I thought she was just ignoring me, and I'm sorry to say that I got very annoyed with her. But then it kept happening, and I started to realize that she literally couldn't hear me.

I told Art about it, and we've both watched her, but we thought that surely it would go away when her cold did. I made an appointment with a hearing specialist finally, because the cold and the hearing issue were both refusing to dissolve on their own. They scheduled us for next week, but had a sudden opening today, which was wonderful.

I took her in, and sure enough, she has "moderate" hearing loss. The doctor told us that it was because her ears had fluid in them, and probably an infection. I feel like a terrible mother. Not only because it's been like this, presumably, for weeks, but also because I didn't realize that her ears were infected. Of course, she has no fever and hasn't complained of any pain...but still.

Anyway, after a trip to the clinic, we now have prescriptions for anitbiotics, antihistamines and corticosteroids. Ugh. It's good news though, really, because it means this is all temporary and will be cleared up in a matter of time.

I'm so grateful that she had her appointment today, because she just happened to be hearing particularly badly today, and also that we we're able to get a clear, optimistic diagnosis.

Now I just have to remember all those prescriptions, and I'm terrible about that. One teaspoon of the pink stuff twice a day, One teaspoon of the nasty reddish stuff once a day, one teaspoon of the clear stuff once a day. And the anithistamine for Zaya too, because the doctor thinks that this "cold" we've all been complaining about for the last few weeks is really an allergy. Who knew?


Chandelle said...

I'm glad you went to the doctor. You are a caring Mom and have been observing her and took action. Don't feel badly when she wasn't giving you other clues to go on.
Make a paper list of the meds and times and keep that posted in a very visual spot. ....maybe that will help? I'm so glad it is only temporary.

aftergrace said...

It's hard to know what to do as a Mom. You did the right thing, don't be so hard on yourself.

Tendrils said...

Glad you went in. Punky NEVER has any symptoms from his ear infections either. It's frustrating!! Hope she is doing better!